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Putting Enthusiasm Before Judgment Online

SOCIAL NETWORKING—NEW ZEALAND

August 27, 2010

When it comes to social networking, the ability to share information online gives every user the chance to be a news publisher, The New Zealand Herald reports, but privacy experts point out the dangers in such trends. A recent survey for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner showed that while 83 percent of people are concerned about the security of their personal information on the Internet, 57 percent believe social networking sites are private spaces. As Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff put it, "enthusiasm has gone ahead of good judgment" for social network users who do not realize their information is "out there and being used to build a network from which a big international corporation is making money. It's not a free space. It's not a playground."
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